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Rugby League World - Grand Finals Issue

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In Topic: "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Today, 07:32 PM

When you have a 1 hour sports preview programme on BBC Radio 5, on the eve of an international tournament that is broadcast on TV and Radio by the BBC, including an extended highlights package, and said tournament does not have a single mention, you do have to wonder if the fact that the presenter is a woman who gets all frothy-knickered at the thought of those jolly nice Rugby Union players is just possibly a factor...

I don't know whether to take this seriously or not but just in case it was actually a serious comment I will suggest that it is the producer and not the presenter who decides what content goes into a programme.  Unless you believe the producer also has frothy knickers (doesn't bear thinking about really) then if your comment was actually serious, it was a particularly stupid one.


I have read and heard over the years confirmation that if time is short it is always the rugby league item that is ditched.  That is understandable in most cases but what I don't understand is when the BBC is actually showing a sport on its own channel. Unless there is some really extreme agenda going on to deliberately undermine viewing figures in order to justify pulling any future commitment (and that takes some paranoia to imagine), it is the densest of commercial attitudes NOT to promote the coverage.  Surely any TV station in its right corporate mind would want the most people possible to be watching their output?

In Topic: Keiron Cunningham named Saints coach

20 October 2014 - 04:29 PM

Very interesting news. Kieron may well be in a position to add to his legacy here - hasn't he got a statue outside the stadium? Or he could tarnish it a little I suppose. Those are the real risks of legends going onto coach the club.

He does have a statue outside the stadium, yes.  And yes, he could tarnish it!  All coaches have a shelf life and so it is likely that there will come a time when he moves on. 

In Topic: Andy Wilson - writes something worth reading!

19 October 2014 - 07:59 AM

And Wilsons reference to SB was a predictable  think of the children moment referencing masochism;

."What parent would want to see their son – or daughter – on a course where that sort of masochistic performance represents the crowning glory"?

He goes further with his SB analysis with " was really not a good look for the game – not much better than Flower’s punches".

I think what Andy forgets is that sons and daughters both love heroes.  While what Burgess did was IMO very risky and foolish, by doing what he did he created that sense of heroism and that would be very appealing to young people.

In Topic: Rugby League World - Grand Finals Issue

16 October 2014 - 04:54 PM

I've yet to read this month's edition and of course being a Saints fan I am particularly looking forward to it! 


I enjoy reading RLW but one thing I have noticed is that it has become more insular.  I am sure there were more features on rugby league outside the heartlands until the last few months but these days it's become a northern based sport again which is very unfortunate, and also quite off putting.  (And yes, I'm aware it's maintained its international features)


C'mon editor!  Put in some articles about rugby league from the south of England.  There are plenty of stories to choose from.  I know this just from following some southern clubs on Twitter.

In Topic: 11/10/14 - SLGF: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

16 October 2014 - 04:49 PM

Great memories ...